Jarvis to race for Audi in DTM in 2008.

by Russell Atkins

Oliver Jarvis is believed to have signed on the dotted line to race for Audi in the DTM in 2008.

The 2005 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year – who will be representing his nation in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in South Africa later this month – had been linked to a drive in the pan-European tin-top series this year, on the back of a stellar 2007.

Last year he claimed Great Britain's breakthrough A1GP success in Mexico, came within a whisker of clinching the Japanese F3 Championship title, triumphed in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix at the end of the year and tried out a Formula 1 car for the first time when he tested for McLaren-Mercedes at Silverstone.

The 24-year-old had hinted that he was looking at DTM, GP2 and Champ Car amongst other series' for the forthcoming campaign, but recently retired Audi ace Christian Abt confirmed the Cambridgeshire ace had agreed terms to join the leading tin-top championship.

“The young drivers,” the 40-year-old told Crash.net, when asked who he believed would shine in 2008. “There's [Martin] Tomczyk, Oliver Jarvis has joined Audi and he is very good, and (2007 team-mate) Alex Prémat for me is one of the top drivers in the DTM, along with [Bruno] Spengler and [Paul] di Resta.”

Audi refused to confirm the deal, with a spokeswoman revealing only that announcements regarding drivers would be made within the next fortnight.

"Unfortunately we can't confirm any of our new drivers yet," Stefanie Höcker said. "We are planning to send out the official release with all detailed information about our new drivers and their teams in the next two weeks."

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Oliver Jarvis - A1 Team Great Britain [pic credit: A1 GP Media]
Oliver Jarvis (Team Reckless Tom`s) celebrates victory after winning the race on the podium
Christian Abt - Audi Sport Team Phoenix [pic credit: DTM Media]
Felix Rosenqvist, Mercedes Team ART, DTM [Credit: Mercedes]
Marco Wittmann, BMW, DTM, [Credit: DTM]
Robert Wickens, DTM, Moscow Raceway [Credit: DTM]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit DTM]
Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Gary Paffett - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit DTM]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]

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Em - Unregistered

February 18, 2008 3:52 PM

I think a DTM drive is better than nothing at all.. and it´s possible to go from DTM to another series.. both Albers and Paffett has gone from DTM to F1 (successful or not) even tho I rate Jarvis higher than both of them.. but it´s also a question of sponsorship.. not all drivers are that lucky :( but it annoys me that in my opinion "bad" drivers has lots of money while many talented dont! Too bad 2 of the DTM races are the same weekend as A1gp Shanghai and Brands Hatch so he can´t be there for team GBR.

Snoopy - Unregistered

February 14, 2008 5:09 PM

That''s good. Think he may have underestimated how easy it would be to get a GP2 seat via Japanese F3, so this is probably a better substitute than another season there. Hopefully he''ll get a competitive machine

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